The calm before the storm. I should have known. Things were good. Going along smoothly. I usually have the prickly sensation that change is coming, but I was caught off guard by some of it. A little change is natural, normal, expected. A lot of change all at once is exhausting, maddening & so emotional.

I love watching the changing of the seasons. This tree in my in-laws neighborhood gives me butterflies every time I drive past it. It's August, but the summer is nearing to a close. The mornings are cooler & crisper. I love taking my chai out on the deck & talking on the phone. Love it. And I can do it again, & not be eaten alive by mozzies. These are the changes that I love, that inspire me to write, to decorate, to read a good book. These changes are predictable, carry a sense of nostalgia & comfort with them. There's been a lot of changes this summer. Some great, some bittersweet. Old chapters closing, & new chapters just opening. Saying goodbye to a house we've loved & made me so many memories in, but looking forward to the new house where even better memories will be made. Because we will choose to make them good.

I've met new people this summer that have changed my life for the better, forever. I've grown closer to friends & family than I ever thought or dreamed could be possible. I've shared laughter & tears with these people. I've learned to love more deeply & more richly because of them. They have made me realize that I want to love people, that I want my legacy to be one of love. I want my kids to love people so intensely that it changes people's lives.

Did I know that before this summer? Maybe. Maybe it was in there, but I didn't know how badly I wanted it. I loved our baby. Hopelessly. My heart is broken for the love that I felt for that itty bit, but I'm a better person for having loved hard. I love my family desperately, but I don't get to see them very often. That hurts, but oh well. I've watched friends come & go. It hurts sometimes, but oh well. Maybe all the hurt & sadness was to get me to this point - to love really, really hard. If that's the case, I'm happy to be here.

The summer started with a list of to do's. It started on a note of happiness. A decision to make this the summer to remember for my girl. We accomplished a lot, did a lot of fun things, met some new friends, & ate a lot of good food. The summer is ending with a list of people I'm thankful for. People who make me smile every time my phone buzzes or rings with a call or a text. People who have loved us & who we have loved back.

This summer started with things. It's ending with people.

Don't be offended if your picture isn't in this collage & we spent time with you this summer. Just means I wasn't on my Instagram-ing game. Especially the last 2 weeks...

Thank you to all of you for your kind words, emails, texts, etc. Thank you for respecting our privacy, but loving us from the sidelines. You are cheerleaders in our football game of life << What?! We love & appreciate you all. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

As the great poet Tupac would say:

We gotta make a change...
It's time for us as a people to start makin' some changes.
Let's change the way we eat, let's change the way we live
and let's change the way we treat each other.
You see the old way wasn't working so it's on us to do what we gotta do, to survive.

All my love,


  1. hands down, favorite blog post ever. it gave me chills. you are becoming a new "kelle" to me. every time i read your blog, i always want more. it makes me sad that all of you are having to say good bye to a house full of memories, but its comforting to know its whats best for the people you love. and i find it completely powerful that you started this summer with a list of things and ended it with a list of people. you have a had a life changing summer and without it, you never would have recognized the importance of the later list. i love you dearly and find you truly inspiring. thanks for being my friend. xo. -kb

  2. Amazing that you can look at life like that, can you please teach me how cuz I'm struggling to have positive feelings abut all the changes in our lives. Why are you guys moving?

  3. We're not moving - my in-laws are. Honestly, I say this all the time, it is a choice every single day to wake up & believe the best. If it's a crappy day, & I talk myself into it being a crappy day, it will be a crappy day. If I just choose to do something I enjoy, to love the people in my life & to enjoy the day-to-day things, it makes my days so enjoyable & happy.

  4. You always inspire me to be a better person. Love you from Canada!


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